I've decided that I want to review video games as well as other stuff. After all, if I'm "avid" I better show it.
SSX Tricky is the sequel to SSX, the wildly successful boardercross game that was part of the PlayStation 2 launch. EA Big out of Vancouver, B.C. has come up with a great sequel that I'll be buying soon after a free one-week rental ate up a significant chunk of my free time.
The object of the game is to snowboard down a number of gorgeous mountains and terrain from all over the world. You can either race 5 other computer-controlled racers or play "showoff" which allows you to do inhuman tricks to gain medals. Getting bronze and silver medals will unlock courses while golds will unlock extra characters and more attributes.
The game offers outstanding control and easiness in having a great time in playing SSX Tricky. The graphics are great, but I don't play video games to look at them. The music is filled with a variety of licensed tunes. Some well-known actors (Lucy Liu, David Arquette, Oliver Platt, Billy Zane)and recording artists (Macy Gray, Bif Naked) supply the voices of the characters. Liu is especially good, voicing Canadian Elise Riggs. It's fun to listen to hundred or so phrases she recorded for her character, especially when she misses a move or takes a spill. David Arquette's Eddie is also well-done.
PS2 and XBox owners will also get DVD features such as movies about the making of the game, the music, the actors talking about the experience of doing voice-acting in a videogame, a jukebox, and previews. The final verdict: a must buy (or at least a must-try to get you converted), if fun is the only way you judge games, this one has it spades. ***** out of *****.
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